Investigators: Two die in crash in two-state police chase

Published 7:17 pm Monday, March 15, 2021

Two people inside a SUV whose driver did not stop for police in North Carolina have died in a crash after officers chased them into South Carolina, authorities said.

The driver of the SUV was wanted for several felonies when a North Carolina trooper in Cleveland County tried to pull him over Thursday evening, Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said.

Officers chased the SUV into South Carolina and the driver lost control and crashed into a tree in Gaffney, troopers said.

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The driver, Preston Emory Grant, 25, and passenger, Simms Leigh Ottinger Wilson, 37, were thrown from the SUV and died at the scene of the wreck, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said.

Both were from Shelby, North Carolina, Fowler said.

A North Carolina trooper crashed his vehicle during the chase but was not seriously injured. Mueller said.